Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
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Pioneering the male pout long before the cast of ‘Made In Chelsea’, Derek Zoolander may well still be Ben Stiller’s finest comic creation. While a sequel that takes 15 years to materialise doesn't bode well, the return of Owen Wilson as tousle-haired knucklehead Hansel and Will Ferrell as megalomaniac fashion tycoon Mugatu is encouraging.Read more
Eclectic party pros TAB host two big Valentine’s parties, with bands and DJs playing funk, soul, disco, pop, house and techno, plus plenty of late-night shenanigans and wicked games for singletons and loved-up couples alike. Dress up and get lost down the badger hole.Read more
2016 at Leighton House Museum kicks off with an extensive exhibition featuring over 100 drawings and sketches by the Pre-Raphaelites and their contemporaries organised by the National Gallery of Canada. Pieces on show range from preparatory sketches through to finished drawings exploring landscapes, portraiture, allegories and religious scenes.Read more
This event which is a must for all bike, sport, travel and outside enthusiasts returns in 2016 with plenty of information, shopping opportunities, guest speakers and family-friendly have-a-go experiences. See the show's website for a full list of exhibitors, activities and talk times.Read more
Lord Byron's daughter Ada was way ahead of her time – she's often thought of as some kind of computer prophet thanks to her insightful work on the Analytical Engine, Charles Babbage's calculating machine. This exhibition will tell Lovelace's story in her own words using many of her letters.Read more
150 years have passed since 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was first published. To celebrate the anniversary, the British Library have curated this special exhibition within their entrance hall where visitors can sneak a peak at Lewis Carroll's original manuscript complete with hand-drawn illustrations, as well as beautiful editions by Ralph Steadman, Mervyn Peake, Leonard Weisgard, Salvador Dali and Arthur Rackham. A pop up shop (Nov 20- Jan 31) selling Alice-inspired stationery, accessories, clothing and homeware will also give fans the chance to take a slice of the fun home.Read more
The ancient Egyptian penchant for adorning the body is well documented, with plenty of historical information available about swaddled-up corpses (and plenty of films set in Egypt BC featuring Cleopatra’s lot balancing immoderate headdresses above kohl-lined eyes). It’s a big topic, to be sure, and you might reasonably expect this to be an expansive exhibition. But Two Temple Place isn’t the British Museum, and it’s not trying to be: instead, this select collection of archaeological booty has a charm all of its own. Spread over two rooms, ‘Beyond Beauty’ is a whistlestop tour of the Egyptian collections held at seven of the UK’s smaller institutions who have banded together to bring their impressive wares to a London audience. Among these are some splendidly preserved sarcophagi and mummy coverings, pretty necklaces and tasteful pots for ointments and cosmetics, limestone jars used to hold internal organs (topped by carved animal and human heads – think morbid Pez dispensers), and the pièce de résistance: a gilded mummy head (on loan from Ipswich Museum), from a Roman citizen called Titus Flavius Demetrios, who chose to be buried Egyptian-style. It is an excellent example of cross-cultural pollination between ancient societies, and a handsome one at that. For any non-Egyptologist with a short attention span for endless display cases of earthenware spoons and bits of glass, this small showing provides an excellent snapshot of what the Egyptians were up to when they looked inRead more
Forget about those Fuzzy Felt masterpieces you made as a kid. This exhibition is about the freakier creations people have constructed using the material, with a primary focus on three-dimensional pieces that dispel the idea of textiles as solely a sheet material. The show curated by The National Centre for Craft & Design features a technical demonstration area with handling samples alongside the displays of bizarre objects and intriguing garments.Read more
We'd never have won the war without science on our side, and a great number of breakthroughs took place under the direction of Winston Churchill. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the portly Prime Minister's death, this exhibition celebrates the inventions and scientific endeavour which came to Britain's aid during World War Two. Artefacts, film footage, letters and photographs tell the stories of pioneering nutritionist Elsie Widdowson, Dorothy Hodgkin's advancement of X-ray crystallography, Robert Watson-Watt's invention of the radar and many more remarkable projects from the era. A few of Churchill's personal items will pepper the collection, too; keep an eye out for the cigar he was smoking when he heard he had been re-elected as Prime Minister in 1951. An additional section will allow visitors to learn about scientific advances in post-war Britain, including everything from molecular genetics to robotics, and looks at present scientific ambitions.Read more
This much-loved, super-fly and super-fun club night busts out all the classic R&B, hip hop and garage jams you know and love from the '90s and early 2000s. Think Biggie, Tupac, Destiny's Child, Missy... There's also a big nod to golden-era UK garage, plus live performances from special guests and a focus on smoother sounds at the Kings or Queens of R&B specials. Who knew nostalgia could sound so damn sweet?Read more
Party pros Bugged Out have been organising mindblowingly fun parties for over two decades now. Since their early days in Manchester, the crew have come a long way and regularly host one-off parties, club nights and festivals stages featuring the very finest DJs on the planet, who drop by to spin house bangers, deep disco and explosive techno. Erol Alkan, Andrew Weatherall, Daniel Avery, Jackmaster, Todd Terry and Bicep are just a few of the many talents to have provided boogie at Bugged Out over the years.Read more
This central London club at the Comedy Pub always features impressive line-ups mixing circuit stalwarts with talented rising stars. With three to five shows a week, and tickets at £10 max in advance, it's very good value indeed. Check 'dates and times' for the latest line-ups.Read more
Pioneering character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest effort was one of the most impressive comedy shows of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. So much so, it bagged a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, and we gave it a glowing five star review. 'Soothing Sounds for Baby' is both retro and cutting edge. The set up is a faux episode of 'Desert Island Discs' (featuring dialogue from Kirsty Young painstakingly spliced together for actual episodes) and Morpurgo transforms into the characters on the sleeves of his chosen vinyls. It's a rich, multilayered comedy experience, and one that keeps whirling away in your mind long after it's finished. One of the best comedy shows of the year. Read our review from the Edinburgh FringeRead more
This review is from 'Sane New World's 2015 run. We get an explicit view of Ruby Wax’s downward dog in her new show: arms outstretched, head tucked in, arse pointing to the heavens. ‘I have to do my yoga and pilates now,’ she explains. ‘I don’t have time in my real life.’ With our phones and our appointments and our important jobs, we’re all too busy, she says. But fear not, Wax is on a one-woman mission to de-stress the world. Taking the form of a kind of lecture about how we need to chill the hell out, ‘Sane New World’ sits somewhere between stand-up comedy and theatre, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Standing alone on a stage covered in green grass and cushions, she dishes out a barrel-load of sharp one-liners. ‘I wanted to learn about the mind because I had lost mine,’ she explains. Her next show, about her dandruff problem, will be called ‘Flakes the Musical’ she says flashing a toothy smile. Onstage she’s a firecracker, constantly moving, one minute having a little lie down, the next twerking her butt off.Wax is her very own case study – she remorselessly rips the piss out of all her own insecurities while demonstrating the science behind the cognitive therapy of mindfulness. Wax is riding on the back of the fact that she’s just done an MA in the subject at Kellogg College, Oxford, and she genuinely believes that thinking a bit more about where we are and what we’re doing will help us. And because of that, the piece is never preachy, it’s a large-hearted, funny attempt toRead more
Eddie Izzard’s ‘Force Majeure’ isn’t your average West End comedy show. It’s not new – he first performed it in the capital in 2013. But then, it’s not exactly old either. For the last three years, he’s been touring it across 28 countries, performing it in his audience’s native tongue then adding the parts he likes as permanent features. So what we have is the ‘reloaded’ version. A sort of greatest hits. But with French bits. The first half of ‘Force Majeure’ is spellbinding. It’s not just a romp through the kind of madcap Izzard antics that see Darth Vader and God duelling over spaghetti carbonara, or Julius Caesar seeking military advice from Marc Anthony; it’s a show about a show. The high-heeled comic steps around the fourth wall to point out that the reason a Martin Luther skit is performed in German is due to it having been introduced in Berlin. Or to explain that a surreal gag where a French king meets a dolphin is due to him building a skit for a Gallic gig based around the dual use of the word ‘dauphin’. When he explains exactly how well observations on the similarity of Welsh and Pakistani accents went down with audiences for whom English isn’t a first language (not very well, ‘but I talked them through it anyway,’ he chuckles), you feel part of his gang. This isn’t your average show. It’s like a social club. It’s lovely. But then he comes back on after the interval and business seemingly lapses back into a straight-up comedy show. While the first half was all cleveRead more
Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rock gang are coming back to London early next year for a huge show, where you’ll hear epic workouts from their new Top Five album ‘Currents’, 2012’s excellent ‘Lonerism’ and their debut long-player ‘Innerspeaker’, which first set out their woozy world of driving, fuzz-encrusted, psychedelic rock and tripped-out pop and nodded to the likes of Blue Cheer, Dungen and Cream. Very groovy, maaan.Read more
Indie-folk king Zach Condon reactivates his Beirut project, which sets his beautifully deep voice in songs inspired by a love of European folk music as filtered by a fertile American imagination. He’s signed to legendary London label 4AD for ‘No No No’, the first Beirut album in four years, of which you’ll hear plenty at this big Brixton show.Read more
Belushi's Bar London Bridge
Venue says: Check out happy hour, every day from 5pm-8pm! 2-4-1 on bottled beer, £10 buckets of beer, bottles of wine, jumbo cocktail jars and platters!
There's a proper party vibe to this London Bridge branch of Belushi's - there's a huge basement club open until 4am at the weekends, alongside drink offers, special promotions, comedy nights, sport events and live entertainment. The drinks list proves a draw for a crowd comprising local workers, students and backpackers. Cocktails range from classic drops such as mojitos, cuba libres and tequila sunrises to sharing options and shooters that include Jägermeisters and a peanut butter jelly shot - a mix of Amarula, crème de mure and Frangelico. Continental lagers and a few well-known wines are also on offer. The food menu boasts plenty of crowd-pleasers influenced by the USA. Burger orders keep the kitchen busy alongside hot dogs, nachos, quesadillas, BBQ racks of ribs, wings, tacos and traditional fish and chips. Breakfast options are on offer, too.